Day 4 - Grigor Dimitrov v David Goffin Tennis: World Tour Finals


Day 4 - Grigor Dimitrov v David Goffin

Live coverage of Grigor Dimitrov v David Goffin on the fourth day of the ATP World Tour Finals. This time last year Andy Murray was celebrating his first World Tour Finals title.


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I love being on the water. It's so

special from all the other

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tournaments. For me here, it's

always been a goal of mine. I have

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obviously achieved it. Nothing beats

the feeling when you hear your name.

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Grigor Dimitrov!

Walking out on the

floor and you feel like a total rock

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star, getting out there, wow. I

don't know how you get used to that.

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Those are the moments I appreciate

and cherish. It's also what I have

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worked for so hard. I'm glad I got

through the first match.

Grigor

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Dimitrov opens its account.

It's

important for me to put myself out

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there. Do better than my previous

match. And every day I go out there

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and do something a little better. I

will go out there, put myself out

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there and give 100%.

Good afternoon.

That's a cool way to arrive for the

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ATP World Tour Finals. Not

struggling through the Blackwall

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tunnel for Grigor Dimitrov. He's up

against David Goffin today, the

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victor over Rafa Nadal.

Thank you

for my card, you were so rude in it!

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If people only knew what you were

really like. I thought she was so

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nice, that girl!

You haven't seen

the present yet! Save that for

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later. And Dimitrov there, he gets

the media. He gives of himself and

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we get to know his personality.

Very

much so. This event, he has taken a

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few years to get here. He has shown

promise, had an unfair labelling as

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the next Federer. Now he is playing

proper tennis and his first match

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here against Dominic Thiem, he did

well to get through because he

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served the match at 5-4 in the

third, lost his serve and was able

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to break again and finished it off.

They both had really impressive

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first matches. The way the round

robin format works, it's all to play

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for today.

How beautiful is this

match is going to be today, the way

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these guys play?

I love the way

David Goffin plays, a little guy,

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but moves the ball around. He is

making history for his country on

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the male side. We have had Kim

Clijsters who has been around for

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many years. Both players like to

showcase their talent on the court

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and I think it will be an attractive

match. If Tim Henman here picks

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Goffin to win this, then I will take

another capacity of him because I

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will go Dimitrov.

ANNOUNCER:

David

Goffin!

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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DANCE MUSIC

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Ladies and gentlemen, playing his

first season finale. Winner of seven

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ATP world tour titles, from

Bulgaria, Grigor Dimitrov.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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DANCE MUSIC

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STUDIO: You left that hanging, Tim,

but you said you think David Goffin

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will win the match. Having beaten

world number one Rafa Nadal, even

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though he was just on one leg for

about a set and a half.

Yesterday

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when we were talking about the

matchup between Jack Sock and Marin

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Cilic, I thought it was a 50-50

match and it was always going to be

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pretty tired. I think Cilic should

have come through the match but he

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didn't. I think this is another

50-50 match. Looking at their

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head-to-head, I think Goffin will

have taken confidence from the

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victory of an adult and playing this

event for the first time, he will

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fancy his chances. I can see both

sides of the coin. -- his victory

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over Nadal.

You are relentlessly

wrong all the time, but your logic

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is perfect. I think Dimitrov has a

bit too much firepower. When he

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plays with confidence in front of

all these people, I think he will

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embrace his opportunity. Any win

gets into to the semifinals. I think

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he has too much firepower. We see,

but I think it'll be a looking

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match.

Dimitrov is a great showman.

He has embraced the concept of the

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atmosphere. He played exceptionally

well in his first match.

He did. Had

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some near misses with this event.

Had a qualifier, players missing out

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with injury this year, it was a good

opportunity for a lot of guys. He

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has stepped up and played good

tennis recently. You reflect on the

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first round match against Dominic

Thiem. It was a good win. And to get

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your first victory in the

round-robin format it bodes well for

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him.

We have Sue helping with the

coin toss. A quick photo.

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Well done with the coin toss to Sue.

We saw Grigor Dimitrov riding on the

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boat for that match and on that

journey he was joined by Jonathan

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Overend.

This is the way to travel,

isn't it!

Every day, we get on the

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boat and it feels so nice. It

reminds me a little bit of home. I

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love being on the water.

And all the

other tournaments it's car, car,

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more cars and a bit of walking. But

anything at all like this?

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Different?

Nothing like this. I have

been many times on the river out

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here and every time I have loved it,

but going to practice this way, it's

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pretty fancy when you think about

it.

Let's talk about the tennis. How

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did you feel when Rafa Nadal

announced he was heading back?

I was

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most looking forward to playing

against Rafa, I'm not going to lie.

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I was ready to play that, this

match, but things don't always go

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the way you plan. It's sad to see

him go. It's not an easy sport, it's

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hard on your body. But your moment

comes around sometimes.

This is a

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huge match in your group now, you

against David Goffin.

He has been

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playing so well, especially towards

the end of the year. I don't look at

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it that way. I'm just excited to get

out on the court and perform. It's

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important for me to put myself out

there and try to be better than my

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previous match. This is one of my

main goals, even when I am off the

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tournament, to come out every day

and do something a little bit

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better. I will come out, put myself

out there and give 100%. Follow my

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instinct and follow my game and go

on from there.

STUDIO: Not giving

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much away there. Taking it one match

at a time. He's had a fabulous year.

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Winning at Brisbane, getting through

to the semis in Australia and

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winning Cincinnati. Some big

breakthroughs for him.

Absolutely

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right. This has been a transforming

year. When he started working with

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Danny he was down to number 40 in

the world and we thought, how is

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that possible for a guy of this much

ability? I think Danny has brought a

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lot of structure to the way he has

practised, the way he has trained in

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the gym. He has been able to take

that form to the match court and has

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been so much more consistent. The

way he started the year with

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Brisbane and the Australian Open and

then rounding it off with a Masters

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1000 win in Cincinnati. He's back in

the top ten where he deserves to be.

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With the round robin format we have

in the finals, we get to the

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situation where we start looking at

who can get through to the

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semifinals. With the permutations,

Tim, all yours.

Please no!

The

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simplest way to explain things, if

Dimitrov wins he will be through to

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the semifinals. Goffin needs a

straight sets win to get his place,

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otherwise he will have to wait until

the result tonight's match.

And

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that's easy. It's three

combinations, simple to understand.

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Over the course of the rest of the

week it can get extremely

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complicated.

It did get complicated

with Rafa Nadal withdrawing from the

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tournament. Pablo Carreno Busta is

coming in to replace him. Goffin is

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one of the best movers on the tour.

The big thing to watch out for

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today, from the back of the court,

when they get into their rallies,

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how well Goffin strikes down the

line. That's the way he likes to

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attack. He will come into the net to

finish the ball. Not a massive

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serve, but a good location server.

The attack down the line, if he

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finds that than he has a chance of

winning this. But the head to head

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is not in his favour. But he took

his country to the Davis Cup final

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twice and is a wonderful player.

He

is five foot 11 and he weighs 68

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kilos.

Have you been putting him on

the scales?

Compare to the others,

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Marin Cilic is the heaviest of the

eight, 89 kilos. Having a laugh with

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Gilles Simon, the next person in the

top ten under 70 kilos. Kei

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Nishikori, he's 75 kilos. He is a

small man.

He is, but the way he

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covers the court I think is part of

that. He's not the biggest guy so

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will not have the biggest weapons

compared to the other top ten

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players. You know he has to be

incredibly efficient and fast with

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his movement. The changes direction

with the ball very well and gives

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very little away. A very good

competitor. I think that was evident

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when he played Rafa Nadal,

irrespective of how Nadal was

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feeling. When he had match point in

the second set, he didn't take them,

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didn't get flustered, stuck in there

in the third and got the win. With

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both guys winning their first match

there is a lot to play for here and

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it adds to the excitement.

It really

does. If you are a kid watching

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this, these are two players you

could really learn from. Great role

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models on how to play the game.

Solid technique. I think the

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majority points will be played from

the baseline, as is the case these

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days. I think Dimitrov will look to

be more offensive. He is more

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proactive. It's whether he can be

aggressive and keep the unforced

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error count down. With Goffin's

footwork and speed, sometimes when

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you are being aggressive and the

ball comes back, you get closer to

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the line. That's an unforced errors

creep in.

We just saw Danny there.

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Everybody has been crying out for

Dimitrov do have somebody in his

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camp, but he has been looking for

somebody to gel with.

The pieces of

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the puzzle have always been there

for Dimitrov, but it's how he puts

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them together. His game, he's

technically sound, a great athlete,

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trains and competes hard, but you

have to have an understanding of how

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you play to your strengths. That has

been the turning point for him this

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year, he has looked aggressive and

offensive at the right times. He can

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stay in rallies. The match against

Dominic Thiem was an example of

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that.

Will you go and get the kettle

on now?

My track record has been

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poor, to say the least. But I am

going to go with Goffin. It will be

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interesting to watch.

Tim, thank you

very much. Over to the birthday boy.

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COMMENTATOR: Thank you very much was

that there is a cake in here and I

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am so pleased about it. I will keep

quiet, eat the cake and enjoy what

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could be a very exciting tennis bat.

Victory for Dimitrov will take him

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through to the semifinals. For

Goffin, victory in straight sets

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will see him through. A victory in

three and we will have to do some

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mathematics. But let's enjoy the

tennis. UMPIRE: Ready for play,

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first set, Dimitrov to serve.

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Dimitrov came to the net 25 times in

his first-round match, winning 21 of

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the points. When you have a ratio

like that, I really think you could

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look to get in a little bit more.

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For me, it's been a real common

theme of this event this year, the

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quality of matches from the first

point onwards has been so good.

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There is no easing your way in and

finding a rhythm. It is sixth gear

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from the word go.

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A great match last night with

Zverev, the 20 year rolled against

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Roger Federer. Three sets. I thought

the first two sets were spectacular.

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Tim, you talk about the numbers and

analysis. Sometimes there is

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paralysis by analysis. Sometimes

there are too many numbers around

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each individual point and how you

structure each individual time is

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lost in a haze of numbers. But the

backhand placement is a case in

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point here. The coaches, one of

their jobs now is to look at the

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information and to glean little bits

and tell their man. Certainly Danny

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will have spoken to Dimitrov about

the ratio of getting to the net.

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Very much so. It's like we have

tried to explain with the statistics

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we get during the broadcast.

You are

brilliant with them.

High praise.

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There are good ones, bad ones,

relevant ones and not so relevant

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ones. But when you see Dimitrov's

technique at the net, he should get

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them all. -- get there more.

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If you could change your pick for

the winner of this match, would you

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change it now?

Yes. Six points gone

and 5-1 down.

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But I'm not going to.

Good, stick

with it.

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83 mile an hour second serve. That's

going to get the job done. Not these

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days. That's one area I think both

players can be looking to attack.

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Dimitrov's second serve can get a

little shaky.

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Lovely improvisation from the

Belgian player. Just slowed the ball

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down. Had to get his feet into

position and adjust. The forehand

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instead of the backhand, as he

overran. Still facing two break

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points.

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UMPIRE:

Mr Goffin challenging the

call. The ball was called out.

It

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was close, but I think it's just

wide.

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Call stands.

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That's massive from Dimitrov as he

breaks Goffin.

Good matchplay from

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Dimitrov. Asking the question. Got

the break points, got the short

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ball. Not the best approach, but

when you are down 15-40 on your own

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serve early in the match, it's not

always easy to hit great passing

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shots.

Goffin could have gone down

the line on that one. Pulled it

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wide.

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Played one of the matches of the

year at the Australian Open. The

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coaching, training and physio camp

there, Dani Vallverdu on the

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right-hand side. It was an amazing

way for the tennis year to start.

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The Australian Open often produces

great matches.

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Do you think that's because the

players come out so fresh after the

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break?

Absolutely.

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Playing well, really, really well.

Going in and closing. Anything above

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the height of the net is getting the

treatment. Technique looks so solid

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as well. Completely pumped with lots

of support from the Bulgarian fans.

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Lots of Bulgarian flags, anyway.

This is the afternoon offering. The

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third day. This is how he closed out

the game and has capitalised on the

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break of serve. So often compared to

Roger Federer, but those comparisons

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are disappearing now. He is his own

man, 26 years of age. He certainly

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looks up to Federer, but he has

these guys in his sights. He wants

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Grand Slam titles himself. Last

night, the great man himself, Roger

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Federer in action. This was match

point against Alex Clare. It

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finished on a double fault. --

against Alex Zverev. Could so easily

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have been a match that Zverev won. I

think I saw something in Sascha

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Zverev last night that I know a lot

of people have seen, but he really

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does look like the real deal, as we

celebrate another Federer victory to

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guarantee his semifinal place.

He

certainly is the real deal. Already

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number three in the world. He has

played some great tennis. The area

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he will improve on as he matures is

his overall consistency. Played some

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great tennis in the first game and

was up 4-0 in the first set

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tie-break. He had opportunities.

Federer was erratic from his point

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of view.

He couldn't get on the

front foot as much as he would like.

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Might have been two or 3% less sharp

than other times. But his

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frustration was evident from early

in the match. He looks testy.

A bit

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grumpy. It happens as you get older,

Andrew!

What would you know?

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If you can't get on the front foot

and you Roger Federer, that tells

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you something about the opposition,

Zverev.

Certainly does.

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My man in this match is struggling

to get the front foot. Only the

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fourth point Goffin has won.

Impressive from Dimitrov.

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It's difficult when you get off to

start like this in a match and you

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don't a big weapon to go to. -- you

don't have a big weapon to go to.

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You want and need a couple of cheap

points to get your side of the

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scoreboard moving.

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Good work.

David Goffin, 55

victories on tour this year. First

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couple of titles in more than two

years as well, victories in Shenzhen

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and Tokyo.

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Even if this first set doesn't go

his way, he actually has more wins

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in deciding set this season than any

other player. 21 times he has gone

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to a decider and won it. Winning 21

and losing five. That's very

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impressive, over three and five

sets.

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Peter Djokovic in Monte Carlo. Beats

Nadal here. Although the port right

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knee of Nadal playing a role. --

beat Djokovic.

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Too long.

The first double fault of the match.

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It is amazing how quickly this can

turn around. It looks like one-way

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traffic for Dimitrov and it is, if

Goffin holds on here and a couple of

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early points in a Dimitrov service

game, it can quickly come back.

Are

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you trying to be nice to me? Put the

kettle on.

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What a point! Fantastic.

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A good job this court has got a big

run back.

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Not even that go fast a strike could

help Goffin there.

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Changing the direction of his

attack. He is a player that likes to

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go down the line. 7.5 minutes of

this second service game for the

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Belgian player.

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He hasn't found the range down the

flanks yet.

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That's unlucky and the pressure

tells from Dimitrov who might have

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wrapped up the first set with that

second break 4-0. You don't want to

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take your foot off the gas even at

4-0 against somebody like Goffin,

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but that's a great start from the

Bulgarian and really insightful

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stuff. It will turn round, old boy.

It's your birthday, I had to give

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you the first choice.

Is that

chapped? Whatever I say.

This is

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what happened?

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Well, absolutely one-way traffic.

Well, it can't go on like this, but

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Federer against Murray the other

year when it was 5-0, that was a

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duffing that continued for quite

sometime. And to Murray's credit he

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came back and actually played

exhibition a couple of days after

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that. Federer pailed out and had to

play Wawrinka that marathon. Just 24

0:37:490:38:00

minutes of play here and this is a

first qualification at the season

0:38:000:38:05

ending championship for Grigor

Dimitrov, three victories on tour

0:38:050:38:07

this year. He started by winning

Brisbane over Nishikori. He carried

0:38:070:38:14

on his great form into the

Australian Open and lost in five

0:38:140:38:20

sets to Rafa Nadal. Up to a career

high of number six and he won in

0:38:200:38:27

Bulgaria, beating the man he is

playing today, David Goffin and then

0:38:270:38:32

there was the ATP Masters 1,000

series, he won in Cincinnati and

0:38:320:38:41

beat Nick Kyrgios and really a year

of maturity for Dimitrov. He's a

0:38:410:38:48

grown-up now. I mean that advisedly.

The first few years out on the tour,

0:38:480:38:58

you couldn't say that about him. He

was going hell for leather, but now

0:38:580:39:02

you feel it's about the tennis.

0:39:020:39:14

Dimitrov's intensity is impressive.

He knows he made a great start. He

0:40:320:40:37

doesn't want to give Goffin any

chance to settle in this match.

0:40:370:40:48

That's pretty embarrassing when it

happens to you like this, when you

0:40:520:40:55

can't pick up a game. Even when the

effort is clearly there and there

0:40:550:40:59

has been decent tennis from Goffin

at times, but it does feel a bit

0:40:590:41:04

embarrassing. You want the court to

swallow you up.

0:41:040:41:14

Well, there we go!

Simply magnificent. 27 minutes and

0:41:200:41:27

that included the second Goffin

service game of eight minutes. Very,

0:41:270:41:35

very impressive from Dimitrov. I

have to say Goffin will be

0:41:350:41:38

embarrassed at the moment, but he

must fight back and show the resolve

0:41:380:41:43

that he has shown all year. He

certainly should not be embarrassed

0:41:430:41:47

with the year he has had making the

final eight. In fact he beat Rafa

0:41:470:41:53

Nadal two days ago, I know he was

injured, but when you have had a

0:41:530:41:57

duffing like that in the first-half

an hour or so, you have got to

0:41:570:42:01

change things up somehow, haven't

you?

He has got to show resilience

0:42:010:42:08

and the maturity not to panic. He is

only down one set. But there is no

0:42:080:42:13

doubt the early part of the second

set is going to be vitally important

0:42:130:42:17

for him to get some sort of foothold

in the match. The scary thing for

0:42:170:42:22

Goffin is that in the first set,

Dimitrov only made 36% of first

0:42:220:42:29

serves, but he still has only

dropped two points on his serve.

0:42:290:42:34

And every little contest in that

first set was one by Dimitrov. When

0:42:340:42:39

Goffin missed his first serve, the

points on second serve, that Goffin

0:42:390:42:43

played, he won just one of those. It

tells you everything you need to

0:42:430:42:47

know really about halfs winning from

the back of the court. This is where

0:42:470:43:01

the next generals could really make

a difference to this match. If you

0:43:010:43:08

were having a little whisper in

David's ear now and you were

0:43:080:43:11

coaching him, what would you say?

Forget about that first set.

0:43:110:43:20

LAUGHTER

Or, "Come on, laddie, I've had a bet

0:43:200:43:23

on you."

He has got to stick to his

guns. Plan A to dictate from the

0:43:230:43:29

baseline and not make unforced

errors. He has got to do it better

0:43:290:43:33

in the second set.

I think when he

gets a look at second serve and he

0:43:330:43:39

had a few, he has got to be alert

and try and be offensive. Get

0:43:390:43:46

himself on the front foot.

Rather

than let Dimitrov dictating.

0:43:460:43:58

And it's a funny thing. A lot of

people will say in tennis, it can be

0:44:120:44:17

a bit dangerous when you win a set

6-0 and I don't know why people say

0:44:170:44:22

that, but I understand what they

mean.

Yes.

0:44:220:44:30

So when they say that, what do they

mean and why?

It is just sometimes

0:44:410:44:45

when you won a set 6-0, it is

sometimes difficult to maintain that

0:44:450:44:50

dominance. Obviously your opponent

is really looking to try and turn

0:44:500:44:56

the tide. A lot of times you see in

the results a person that wins a set

0:44:560:45:03

6-0 loses the next set. I'm

clutching at strews.

You are!

0:45:030:45:10

-- straws. I know what you mean. If

anything goes wrong from 6-0, if

0:45:100:45:19

that wonderful that's taken you

through the match, if that flow

0:45:190:45:23

stops for a second, it can be a real

shock to the system. It doesn't look

0:45:230:45:27

like it's going to happen at this

point from Dimitrov.

0:45:270:45:35

That's only the first ace for

Dimitrov. He has not got the job

0:45:410:45:47

done with aces, but just well placed

serves. Fire power from the back of

0:45:470:45:52

the court.

0:45:520:45:57

Very uncomfortable for a really

strong player, David Goffin. I love

0:46:230:46:27

watching him play. He came up

through the futures and the

0:46:270:46:30

challengers. On the challengers

circuit, he won four tournaments in

0:46:300:46:35

a row. He was somebody, I felt when

he was 100, 120 in the world he was

0:46:350:46:42

going to rise quickly and he did. He

took his country to two Divis Cup

0:46:420:46:47

finals against France this year.

He

played Federer at Roland Garros.

He

0:46:470:46:52

qualified and I think made fourth

round.

He had a lot of chances in

0:46:520:46:56

that round. It was one of the first

chances I saw him play and I was

0:46:560:47:03

mightily impressed, but he needs to

turn something around here pretty

0:47:030:47:06

sharpish.

This is a massive game for

him. He must win this.

Serve and

0:47:060:47:13

volley.

There is nothing he can't

do.

0:47:130:47:22

The coach to Goffin. He might be the

coach for another half an hour if he

0:48:000:48:05

doesn't start picking up a few

games!

0:48:050:48:13

Oh dear. Come on. Keep going. He

doesn't have any big serves or

0:48:190:48:30

massive ones that you feel he could

just power his way to one game

0:48:300:48:37

without thinking, but more pressure.

0:48:370:48:47

Wow. This is perfection from

Dimitrov. It really is.

0:48:550:49:04

Cruising to the semi-finals on

debut.

Sue asked me back to the

0:49:100:49:19

studio after this match, can you

tell her I'm busy? I've got another

0:49:190:49:24

appointment that just cropped up!

Don't worry I'm going to mangle you

0:49:240:49:28

before you get there!

I just feel sorry for Goffin at this

0:49:280:49:38

point, you do feel it, when the

crowd start oohing and ahing.

0:49:380:49:50

That's the problem in this day and

age and certainly for a player like

0:49:500:49:53

Goffin who is a fantastic player,

top ten in the world for a reason,

0:49:530:49:59

Plan B, what is Plan B? Is there a

Plan B? He's not someone that can

0:49:590:50:04

suddenly start chipping and

charging, serving and volleying.

0:50:040:50:10

Getting so few opportunities from

Dimitrov.

0:50:100:50:19

OK, that's some light in the

darkness for Goffin.

0:51:480:52:01

So, this is as rare as hen's teeth.

This is a break point for Goffin. A

0:54:500:54:59

chance for him to salvage some pride

out of the ashes of his predictions.

0:54:590:55:07

That didn't last long.

0:55:140:55:20

Well, it's a real shame for Goffin.

He had a single break point there

0:56:440:56:49

and he's striking the ball generally

pretty well. Just absolutely been

0:56:490:56:54

played off the court. It turns into

a bit of embarrassment, but we

0:56:540:57:05

should celebrate the Dimitrov

performance. The Bulgarians can't

0:57:050:57:11

get enough of him. He has won Sports

Person of the Year. He realised he

0:57:110:57:19

had to get out and to improve

himself he went to the south Sanchez

0:57:190:57:27

Academy. So from an early age he has

been travelling and it toughened him

0:57:270:57:32

up, but he has been out there for

ten years as a professional, but we

0:57:320:57:36

are seeing a different sort of

Dimitrov than we have seen before,

0:57:360:57:39

Tim.

He's normally associated with

the flamboyant shot making ability,

0:57:390:57:45

but here he has been so good

mentally, he has been so intense. He

0:57:450:57:49

had no let ups and given his

opponent so little to hold on to and

0:57:490:57:58

it's an uncomfortable position, nine

games in a row and without a major

0:57:580:58:02

weapon, a big serve to get three

points. It's very difficult to see

0:58:020:58:07

how Goffin can get back into it.

Thinking of those people stars that

0:58:070:58:14

made, I'm really into Stevie Wonder

at the moment, they have got great

0:58:140:58:19

music. It is not as loud as it was

on the first day or two. Thinking

0:58:190:58:27

about the football stars.

0:58:270:58:38

Dimitrov 3-0 up second set.

0:58:420:58:47

Did Roger beat Gastro in the Tour

Finals?

0:59:290:59:39

You looked that up!

0:59:430:59:49

This is amazing. Oh boy, poor old

Goffin.

1:00:071:00:14

You know he did and I don't know

what year it was, in Shanghai, I am

1:00:141:00:19

being told. I will save you the

trouble of poking your phone!

1:00:191:00:26

How do you beat Gaudio 11-0?

1:00:261:00:34

And if he was playing that badly, it

would be fine, but it's not that

1:00:501:00:53

bad.

Federer's was in the semis.

Ridiculous. This guy who is about to

1:00:531:01:05

lose zero and zero maybe, beats

Nadal on Monday.

1:01:051:01:10

Make an effort, Dimitrov! For! Just

charging after everything. The first

1:01:241:01:32

piece of court coverage was this.

Slid into this, was off and running

1:01:321:01:36

again. Thought he was able to pick

it up.

1:01:361:01:40

Yes. This is going to be a big roar

if you can pump another server in

1:01:471:02:01

here.

Never a good feeling when you

get sympathetic applause, but it's

1:02:011:02:07

good when you hear it.

Maybe it's

the start of the comeback.

1:02:071:02:13

Yes! Game on. It took 48 minutes to

put his foot on the first step. It's

1:02:211:02:45

only one break.

1:02:451:02:49

Here we go.

1:03:161:03:20

Irrespective of the score and

irrespective of his performance,

1:03:281:03:33

Goffin has stayed pretty

level-headed. It would be easy to

1:03:331:03:37

throw his toys out of the pram.

1:03:371:03:40

The grin on your face.

On your

birthday, I can't get more generous

1:04:221:04:27

than this. Do you want to change

your pick?

I wouldn't do it for many

1:04:271:04:34

people, but I am prepared, if you

want to change.

I will stick with it

1:04:341:04:39

now, but come back to me in ten

minutes. Keep the offer open. I have

1:04:391:04:43

to consult the committee. He's got a

coaching violation! And that's a

1:04:431:04:54

little bit odd.

Just leave it, he's

saying.

The coach told you to use

1:04:541:05:04

your forehand. You might not have

heard it, but he did.

You feel like

1:05:041:05:16

you are being informed upon by

somebody in the class who has gone

1:05:161:05:19

to the teacher when that happens.

It's really irritating. It's

1:05:191:05:23

annoying if you get a code violation

when you don't even hear what the

1:05:231:05:27

coach said, and the line judge did.

1:05:271:05:31

Where does the encouragement that he

is giving now, where to step in,

1:05:431:05:53

what's the difference with that?

Use

your forehand is pretty clear-cut.

1:05:531:06:00

Step in, that's pretty clear.

Use

your feet, it's a tough one.

1:06:001:06:05

I don't like it, the line judges

taking it upon themselves to sneak

1:06:181:06:24

to the teacher.

You would let it

annoy you.

You were so good in

1:06:241:06:30

school, nothing would bother you.

I

don't think school has much to do

1:06:301:06:34

with it, but you do get grumpy.

It

doesn't take much.

1:06:341:06:39

I think Greg Dimitrov has handled it

perfectly.

1:06:421:06:52

Greg Orton Greg

1:07:021:07:04

that's tremendous.

1:07:381:07:41

Dani Vallverdu, he used to be with

Tomas Berdych. A bit of to do down

1:08:571:09:06

there. Do you remember that? Murray

against Berdych, because he was with

1:09:061:09:12

Murray for so long.

1:09:121:09:14

Challenging the call on the right

baseline. The ball was called out.

1:09:211:09:29

It's this fella on the line. Put him

under the spotlight here. Go and

1:09:291:09:35

tell on your player, will you? You

know what, fair enough.

He's on his

1:09:351:09:46

game, this guy.

Did he just gulp?

He

said, never in doubt.

I think he has

1:09:461:09:55

a guilty looking face.

1:09:551:09:59

This is getting close.

If Dimitrov

is unable to get through this game,

1:10:061:10:18

you will have had a pretty rotten 12

or 13 minutes in self.

1:10:181:10:25

Heavy, flat approach shot. If that's

what this is. Belted into the

1:10:451:10:50

corner. It's going through this

surface quite a bit quicker than

1:10:501:10:54

last year.

1:10:541:10:57

Fabulous.

1:11:051:11:08

I think that fist was over to his

coach. But not exactly sure. Could

1:12:281:12:38

have been over at the line judge. He

was only doing his job. We are just

1:12:381:12:42

having a bit of fun. The coach is

not allowed on court. Grigor

1:12:421:12:48

Dimitrov has had a number of coaches

over the years. In-store tomorrow on

1:12:481:12:53

BBC Two...

1:12:531:12:56

Roger Federer free from the shackles

of waiting to find out if he has

1:13:041:13:10

qualified or not. Some freelancing

for Roger Federer, enjoying himself

1:13:101:13:17

against Marin Cilic. A repeat of the

Wimbledon final for the O2 crowd.

1:13:171:13:22

With Alex Zverev later on in the

evening playing for second position

1:13:221:13:32

against Jack Sock. That should be

entertaining. Dimitrov has had a

1:13:321:13:36

number of coaches over the years.

Seems to have settled with Dani

1:13:361:13:39

Vallverdu. Has had a number of

coaches including the taskmaster

1:13:391:13:49

Australian Rodger Rashid. Before

that there was Mouratoglou. Before

1:13:491:14:01

that was Peter McNamara, who was

disappointed to lose him as Dimitrov

1:14:011:14:10

became an adult. 18 years of age.

Peter Lundgren at the beginning. And

1:14:101:14:18

also Franco Davin.

1:14:181:14:23

He lists that as his favourite shot,

the backhand down the line. Feels

1:15:481:15:53

great for a single-handed to get

hold of one of those. Seeing the

1:15:531:15:56

ball so well.

1:15:561:16:00

That's nicely done.

1:16:291:16:34

Variation. Nothing wrong with it,

really.

Is this a slight fake?

No,

1:16:411:16:52

not really.

1:16:521:16:55

Brilliant shot from Dimitrov. A

solid return to get the ball back so

1:17:151:17:21

deep from Goffin, but stepping in on

the half-volley. Nudging it down the

1:17:211:17:24

line.

1:17:241:17:27

It looked a bit wide, didn't it?

Outside edge, if anything, you would

1:17:541:18:00

have thought. Wide indeed. Your

eyesight is better than your

1:18:001:18:09

predictions!

1:18:091:18:12

What a waste. That will make a play

across.

Second serve return, he has

1:18:291:18:34

to be aggressive. At this stage of

the match he has to be aggressive

1:18:341:18:38

and make it.

1:18:381:18:41

After a struggle, completing the

service game.

That's very

1:19:001:19:13

comfortable, turning up, a set

anti-do. Going back to that Federer

1:19:131:19:17

and Zverev match, we have seen a lot

of good matches this week, but the

1:19:171:19:23

work of the physical coaches often

goes unnoticed. Jez Green is getting

1:19:231:19:29

Alex Zverev to put weight on

gradually. They reckon it's a two or

1:19:291:19:33

three-year process. Noticeable

yesterday that Zverev is much

1:19:331:19:37

stronger than he was. I want to

salute the good work of Jez and

1:19:371:19:46

those trainers. You can't just do it

in a few weeks. It takes time.

Yes,

1:19:461:19:52

you have to grow into your body

naturally. He's six foot six. You

1:19:521:19:56

don't want to rush that process. He

is stronger in his legs. As he

1:19:561:20:01

matures and grows into his body, he

will put on some good weight. Muscle

1:20:011:20:06

mass, helping with his endurance,

movement and injury prevention.

1:20:061:20:14

Another step on the way to becoming

one of the best players if not the

1:20:141:20:18

best player in the world at one

stage.

They do have specific goals

1:20:181:20:22

on how they want to accumulate that

weight. It remains to be seen where

1:20:221:20:32

the defending champion and former

world number one Andy Murray will be

1:20:321:20:35

when he tries to come back in about

six weeks or so. That'll be at

1:20:351:20:40

Brisbane ahead of the Australian

Open. We hope he's OK. No word about

1:20:401:20:46

his hip, apart from glorified

silence. You don't hear much.

He

1:20:461:20:52

keeps his cards close to his chest

and rightly so. He's working very

1:20:521:20:58

hard. He was in Scott and for his

charity foundation event against

1:20:581:21:01

Federer and we all like to think

he's moving in the right direction.

1:21:011:21:06

-- he was in Scotland.

1:21:061:21:10

We go back a couple of days and

Dimitrov had some trouble serving

1:22:311:22:35

out the match against Dominic Thiem.

Lost his serve. You sense from his

1:22:351:22:42

intensity here that he is keen to

finish off without going through

1:22:421:22:44

that process.

1:22:441:22:47

At the other end of the court,

Goffin will appreciate he has been

1:22:591:23:03

given a lesson up to this point, but

he still wants Dimitrov to serve it

1:23:031:23:08

out.

1:23:081:23:10

That was a point for the semifinals

on debut for Dimitrov. Expect the

1:24:331:24:41

nerves to be jangling a little bit

for the Bulgarian. Well done to

1:24:411:24:45

Goffin, still hanging in there.

1:24:451:24:50

A second semifinal point for

Dimitrov. One hour and 12 minutes

1:26:121:26:20

played.

1:26:201:26:22

No.

1:26:291:26:34

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

At the third time of asking, Grigor

1:27:491:27:55

Dimitrov with the forehand down the

line to complete a comprehensive

1:27:551:27:58

victory. One hour and 14 in the end.

The third match point. Dimitrov gets

1:27:581:28:06

the job done. He's into the

semifinals at the ATP Tour finals.

1:28:061:28:16

And this is what it means to him.

It's wonderful, really. We have seen

1:28:161:28:22

him in London, ever since Chris, the

boss of the ATP Tour, gave him a

1:28:221:28:27

wildcard and gave him criticism for

it, at Queen's Club. He won that

1:28:271:28:32

event. A semifinalist at Wimbledon

and the Australian Open. As now at

1:28:321:28:37

least a semifinalist here in London.

Well done to him. David Goffin lives

1:28:371:28:42

to fight another day. He could still

go through from the group. He has

1:28:421:28:46

beaten Rafa Nadal this week,

although that's thrashing will have

1:28:461:28:51

hurt him. Let's hope he bounces back

and realise is that these things can

1:28:511:28:56

happen.

1:28:561:28:58

We have seen some wonderful matches

this week. The Zverev and Federer

1:29:021:29:07

encounter last night was wonderful.

The Nadal and Goffin match was

1:29:071:29:12

wonderful. As was Cilic against Sock

yesterday afternoon. There is an

1:29:121:29:17

awful lot more to come this week. We

hope you are enjoying it. This one

1:29:171:29:22

wasn't spectacular, very one-sided.

The excellent tennis was coming from

1:29:221:29:27

Dimitrov. It's a new Dimitrov at 26

years of age. The best is yet to

1:29:271:29:36

come, I think, from Dimitrov. A very

strong performance. We should find

1:29:361:29:40

out what he made of that

performance. He's talking to

1:29:401:29:43

Annabel.

Well played, that was a

masterclass out here. You were on

1:29:431:29:51

fire. Give your thoughts on that

performance.

I'm just thinking right

1:29:511:29:56

now, as soon as it finished, you get

a fair few days out of the year that

1:29:561:30:01

whatever you touch turns to gold. I

think today, that was the first set

1:30:011:30:05

for sure. You have days like that,

simple as that. But I work for those

1:30:051:30:09

days. It's very nice when they come

on such an occasion. I'm very

1:30:091:30:15

humbled to win that match. I just

wanted to come out and compete

1:30:151:30:21

today. Again, very grateful. It's

just a special win for me. We have

1:30:211:30:28

played quite a few times against

each other and we know our games so

1:30:281:30:32

well. There was also a little bit...

CHEERING

1:30:321:30:39

It's a special day for surement I

just want to say thanks to my team.

1:30:441:30:48

My family and friends are here. They

are my family too. All my family

1:30:481:30:51

came to support me. So it's and you

guys... And yeah, we move on.

Well,

1:30:511:31:04

as you say, you have plenty of

support here. You talked about the

1:31:041:31:08

nerves the other day. You seemed to

play with a lot of ease, but you

1:31:081:31:11

played with a lot of variety. What

aspects of your game were you most

1:31:111:31:15

pleased with today?

I think my

movement was great. I was putting a

1:31:151:31:20

lot of returns back on the court. I

was just believing in my shots, as

1:31:201:31:24

simple as that and following my

game. I think the moment you start

1:31:241:31:28

over thinking when you play tennis

is the moment you're going to miss

1:31:281:31:32

and not play and today was all about

that. I just followed my thoughts

1:31:321:31:36

and you know I miss, I miss, on to

the next one. The next thing you

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know the match is over. I mean I

felt I could have played more which

1:31:421:31:46

is great. Yeah.

Yes!

Well, just finally, the yes, of

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course, it has come up on the big

screen, it means you have qualified

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for the semi-finals. You have one

more match to play. How excited are

1:31:591:32:07

you to be playing here at the

weekend as well?

Well, that was my

1:32:071:32:11

goal. Another step ahead, but still

every match is very important to me.

1:32:111:32:15

It doesn't matter if I qualified or

not, I'm just going to follow my

1:32:151:32:20

rhythm and follow what I have been

doing right and yeah, keep on

1:32:201:32:24

playing. I'm not here just to

participate, I am here to come out

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and play game like that, when it

comes to moments like that, I

1:32:291:32:34

appreciate it even more.

It was a

special performance today. Well

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done, Grigor Dimitrov.

Thanks, guys.

He speaks as well as he plays. He

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came out of the blocks firing on all

cylinders, and it was a masterclass

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from the young Bulgarian and really

fulfilling his potential and doing

1:32:541:32:57

it on a big, big stage and a popular

player around the world. The first

1:32:571:33:07

few games, Dimitrov didn't have any

answers.

He said with his movement,

1:33:071:33:13

the consistency of his hitting, you

just wonder where Goffin was going

1:33:131:33:19

to win points. He only one five of

the 21 points in the match. He only

1:33:191:33:25

won 21% and Dimitrov was faultless.

He has got different strings to his

1:33:251:33:28

bow, but he gave his opponent so

little and it was a clinic out

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there.

When you see David Goffin, he

has got the movement, but he is not

1:33:321:33:39

able to get to the shots and

Dimitrov was hitting the corners.

1:33:391:33:43

Outplayed and he is world-class and

he can go through to the

1:33:431:33:47

semi-finals. He has got to pick

himself up. It is good news that

1:33:471:33:52

there is a day's rest and hitting a

few balls, buff got to put this

1:33:521:33:56

behind you and realise that

sometimes your opponent is too good.

1:33:561:33:59

The first set was over so fast,

everything that could have gone

1:33:591:34:02

Dimitrov's way, did go his way and

is just on every ball. He is playing

1:34:021:34:09

by instinct, he is not looking at

numbers, he is allowing his talent

1:34:091:34:14

to flow. He thinks about a lot of

things, a lot of the time and just

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playing to play, to just to play to

win and play with joy. This is what

1:34:211:34:25

he can produce.

And aumpb when you

have got more strings to your bow,

1:34:251:34:35

it takes you time to find out the

correct strategy. Certainly at

1:34:351:34:41

Dimitrov's age 26 you really feel he

is putting the pieces of the puzzle

1:34:411:34:47

together and today was an excellent

example.

We have talked about the

1:34:471:34:57

next gen wondering who was going to

push? Perhaps we expected too much

1:34:571:35:03

at 21, 22, 23 years, the players are

getting older. It takes time to

1:35:031:35:08

learn how to manage your game and

manage your life off the court.

1:35:081:35:14

Grigor is in all the newspapers the

whole time and the gossip columns,

1:35:141:35:18

but now, it really looks like it is

about the tennis and he realises he

1:35:181:35:23

has got one shot. The next five or

six years will be fascinating

1:35:231:35:27

watching his development.

What is

nice for you is seeing him come into

1:35:271:35:33

net...

I thought you were going to

say that I bet Goffin in the match.

1:35:331:35:38

That was notable to me against

Thiem. 25 times he came in and today

1:35:381:35:47

he wasn't as effective. If he can

look to dictate from the back of the

1:35:471:35:52

court and finish the point and his

volleying technique is sound, that's

1:35:521:35:56

going to be a dangerous weapon for

him.

So many weapons. The serve was

1:35:561:36:00

good.

The serve was good and

everything was good and he is

1:36:001:36:05

playing with joy, what more can you

wish for? What more can we wish for?

1:36:051:36:10

Somebody that's so attractive to

watch on the court is going to play

1:36:101:36:14

a big part in this tournament. He

could go ahead and win this now.

You

1:36:141:36:18

guys were talking about the Next Gen

event held in Milan. So many rule

1:36:181:36:26

changes, there were shorter sets,

Hawk-Eye, no coaching allowed, it

1:36:261:36:29

was fascinating to watch, but what

do the players make of it?

Some

1:36:291:36:34

rules are not good. Some rules are

good. The shot clock I really like.

1:36:341:36:40

Some players are taking too long

between the points. I think this

1:36:401:36:43

would be finished with the shot

clock.

In my opinion having a clock,

1:36:431:36:50

you cannot have the best shot

possible. That's my feeling. That's

1:36:501:36:55

just my personal opinion, but it

will not be a good idea for the

1:36:551:36:59

show, but if they want to go

forward, as I say, no, I have 31,

1:36:591:37:03

I'm not 18 anymore. I don't get...

In Milan, the scoring system, I

1:37:031:37:11

didn't like it as much because the

sets were too short, too quick and

1:37:111:37:14

you don't get even a chance

sometimes if you lose your serve you

1:37:141:37:17

don't get a chance to come back. So

that's a little bit tricky with the

1:37:171:37:22

shot clock I really like it?

Coaching, also not really.

I think

1:37:221:37:29

the automatic line calls are great

because then there is no mistakes in

1:37:291:37:33

tennis anymore. That's a great

thing. I think the shot clock, if it

1:37:331:37:40

gets adjusted, some changes made to

it, I think that has potential.

I

1:37:401:37:45

think it's very interesting to watch

them all and that's what it is there

1:37:451:37:48

for is really just to see what is

interesting. What could we learn

1:37:481:37:51

from it? The time clock is a good

idea, but do we have to set it in

1:37:511:37:57

stone? It becomes quite stressful.

That's why a lot of players were

1:37:571:38:01

cramping or feeling stressed about

it. I don't like that every point

1:38:011:38:07

counts almost like duvenlt there is

enough pressure moments in a tennis

1:38:071:38:11

match. I was enjoying watching the

next generation play in Milan and we

1:38:111:38:16

will see when we put everything on

the table and let's pick and choose

1:38:161:38:21

what could make the game of tennis

better.

It is interesting. People

1:38:211:38:26

want sport to be quicker. It

happened in cricket, and they are

1:38:261:38:30

looking at it in tennis and it is

going to have pros and cons.

There

1:38:301:38:36

is debate from the fans and the

players. I thought that event was a

1:38:361:38:40

fantastic place to really try some

of these things and there is one

1:38:401:38:43

aspect of it, you know, for me on

court coaching is, you know, is a

1:38:431:38:48

no, no, one of the great histories

and traditions of the sport is

1:38:481:38:52

working it out for yourself when it

is one against one. Automatic line

1:38:521:38:55

calling system is interesting. If we

have got the technology I think

1:38:551:39:00

Hawk-Eye has been a brilliant

addition because we know how hard it

1:39:001:39:03

is to call the lines when the ball

is travelling quickly. This is a

1:39:031:39:07

debate that's going to go on and on

and I'm sure some of these things

1:39:071:39:11

will be implemented in certain

levels of the games.

One player said

1:39:111:39:18

right from the word go, it mattered.

But in this shorter set, you don't?

1:39:181:39:23

It was extremely rushed at times,

but they were, even though they got

1:39:231:39:28

25 seconds between points, Marin

Cilic is not going to have time to

1:39:281:39:32

get the ball bounces in on the

serves. I like the shot clock and I

1:39:321:39:37

like the automatic line calls. I

don't there is any need to get rid

1:39:371:39:42

of the net cords.

Having said that,

the Hawk-Eye adds drama in a match

1:39:421:39:46

when it goes to the screen?

Hawk-Eye

can't inform on you like that line

1:39:461:39:52

judge. It is not going to walk over

to the umpire! You would lose the

1:39:521:39:57

human interaction. If you feel

that's a negative, you can argue

1:39:571:40:02

about that. Getting the calls right

is 100%. I think no ad, not on the

1:40:021:40:09

first deuce, might be a nice thing

to do. That would lessen the

1:40:091:40:15

accelerated feel a bit. If you look

at viewing figures, they go up

1:40:151:40:20

towards the end of sets. If you have

more moments of importance like the

1:40:201:40:25

end of sets out there, that has to

be good for tennis as a product, I

1:40:251:40:30

can see that come in. Tim will say

not in the Grand Slams because there

1:40:301:40:34

is not a problem, and I agree with

that.

It would be difficult to do it

1:40:341:40:39

during the year and then you come to

a Grand Slam and the next minute you

1:40:391:40:43

are on one lasting four hours?

That's right. You could say the same

1:40:431:40:47

in cricket. It has been a success,

Twenty20 works. It is about getting

1:40:471:40:53

the balance right and you know let's

not forget that the Grand Slams have

1:40:531:40:57

been around for a long, long time,

they are the corner stones of our

1:40:571:41:01

sport and there isn't anything wrong

with them and I say if it ain't

1:41:011:41:05

broke, don't fix it. In some of the

other events if the 250s want to try

1:41:051:41:10

it and if it worked its way through

to 250s, 500s and then we saw it in

1:41:101:41:15

Masters 1000s then for sure the

slams will look and say, well this

1:41:151:41:19

has been a success, is it going to

be beneficial to our events? I think

1:41:191:41:23

there is a real talking point. I was

with the serving aspect the no let,

1:41:231:41:28

you can hit a net cord on every

other shot so why can't you hit a

1:41:281:41:35

net cord on a serve? Having seen it

and understood how the players dealt

1:41:351:41:39

with it, there is an easy one that I

would be probably more inclined to

1:41:391:41:42

support.

Halfs amazing was the

talent that is coming through in the

1:41:421:41:46

game. We're worrying about the likes

of Roger and Rafa coming to the end

1:41:461:41:51

of their career and the injuries

that we have seen, but there is some

1:41:511:41:54

bright players coming through?

You

don't know really know what you're

1:41:541:42:01

going to get.

1:42:011:42:11

So, players coming through with

charisma and exciting tennis. Maybe

1:42:131:42:19

this generation will be the ones

that can replace the box office

1:42:191:42:23

ones.

From that event there is

almost been too much talk about you

1:42:231:42:30

know no ads and the automatic like

scoring system. They are great

1:42:301:42:35

players. I remember when the evint

was talked about, there was a

1:42:351:42:39

question mark are the guys going to

be ranked 200 to 300, is it going to

1:42:391:42:44

have appeal? But those are eight

proper players that are going to be

1:42:441:42:50

around for a long time. When there

has been talk about Djokovic, Murray

1:42:501:42:56

and Federer.

Alexander Zverev could

have been there, he is hashtag, "I'm

1:42:561:43:08

already there, thanks."

The Next Gen

radio extent people's careers. We're

1:43:081:43:16

back tomorrow on BBC Two for Roger

Federer against Marin Cilic. Tim

1:43:161:43:23

will probably choose Cilic. Today,

it was a masterful performance from

1:43:231:43:27

Grigor Dimitrov who sent a message

to the others that he is in form. I

1:43:271:43:30

hope you enjoyed it as much as we

did. From all of us here, bye-bye.

1:43:301:43:40

Dimitrov victory takes him through

to the semi-finals.

He's playing

1:43:401:43:43

well, really, really well.

What a

point! Fantastic.

1:43:431:43:50

Cruising to the semi-finals on

debut. This is amazing. Oh boy. Poor

1:43:501:43:57

old Goffin. Dimitrov completes a

comprehensive victory.

1:43:571:44:02

Live coverage of Grigor Dimitrov v David Goffin on the fourth day of the ATP World Tour Finals, presented by Sue Barker.

The trip to the O2 Arena is always a thrilling finale to the men's tennis season and this time last year it was Britain's Andy Murray who was celebrating his first World Tour Finals title. This time round it is Rafael Nadal who is looking to claim a debut victory in the prestigious end-of-season tournament hot off the heels of his US Open triumph in New York in September.

Victory in the USA means the Spaniard has now won 16 Grand Slam titles overall but he will face a tough test from fellow tennis great Roger Federer.


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